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Jakarta Post

Lost hamlets to become mass graves after huge quake

  • Andreas D. Arditya and Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 5 2009   /  09:33 am

Combing the rubble: Two members of Australia’s Queensland Search and Rescue team look for victims in the wreckage of a damaged building in Padang, West Sumatra, on Sunday. Authorities estimate Tuesday’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake may have killed about 3,000 people. JP/J. AdigunaWest Sumatra decided Sunday to turn a hillside in Padang Pariaman regency, where three hamlets and hundreds of villagers were swallowed by landslides after a powerful earthquake, into mass graves, as hopes faded for more survivors.“The decision on the mass grave was agreed today in a meeting with local leaders. There is little possibility of survivors and we are prioritizing those with a higher chance of survival,” said West Sumatra administration spokesman Dede Nuzul Putra in Padang, the provincial capital.“The victims have been buried more than five days, it is unlikely they could survive."The hamlets of...